An organization chartered under the laws of a nation, or in a geographic region of the world,e.g., Central Asia, outside of the United States or its territories, excepting NENA Chapters in Canada, which is desirous of obtaining affiliate status designation from the National Emergency Number Association, Inc., shall comply with the following and submit a Statement of Compliance (with accompanying documentation) to NENA:
- The International Affiliate organization will establish objectives consistent with those of NENA. NENA’s Mission is to foster technological advancement, availability, and implementation of a universal emergency telephone number system. In carrying out its mission, NENA promotes research, planning, training, and education. The protection of human life, the preservation of property, and the maintenance of general community security are among NENA’s objectives.
- The International Affiliate organization will establish its own Constitution and Bylaws, which shall include, at a minimum, the following provisions:
- Membership Categories, Membership Qualifications & Membership Rights
- Meeting Frequency and at least One (1) Annual Meeting
- Defined Geographic Area of Affiliate
- Election of Officers
- Duties of Officers
- Titles and Terms of Officers
- Financial Responsibility of Officers
- Dues structure
- Said organization, other than the established NENA Chapter in Canada, shall consist of no less than twenty four (24) members, at least eighty (80% of whom are employed by, appointed to, elected to, or retired from a government or quasi-government agency, or who are employed by private sector entities under contract with the appropriate government authority,and who are, or have been, responsible for some aspect of design, promotion, construction, installation, maintenance, command, and for operation of public safety emergency communication systems.This ratio must be maintained in order to continue affiliate status.
- If the affiliate application is for an area of more than one country, then each individual country must have 18 members, 80% of who are employed by, appointed to, elected to, or retired from a government or quasi-government agency, and who are, or have been, responsible for some aspect of design, promotion, construction, installation, maintenance, command, and/or operation of public safety emergency communications systems.
- The exception, however, is the established NENA Chapters in Canada that wish to change their status from a NENA Chapter to a NENA International Affiliate. In this case, NENA Chapters and members in Canada must pass a resolution with a super majority vote (2/3) of the existing membership voting in favor of the change in order to apply to become a NENA International Affiliate. For all other countries or geographic regions requesting NENA International Affiliate status, the 80/20 employment ratio must be maintained in order to continue affiliate status.
- Once International Affiliate status has been granted by NENA, if any individual from that nation holding a membership in NENA wishes to belong to both the International Affiliate as well as NENA, they would be required to pay annual dues to both entities.
- The International Affiliate organization will establish objectives consistent with those of NENA.
- An annual amount of one hundred dollars in U.S, currency ($100 US) will be remitted to NENA by the International Affiliate.
- The NENA CEO and the International Committee will review each Affiliate application and their recommendation will be presented to the NENA Board, which shall approve or deny the application for International Affiliate status. Each Affiliation review will include an analysis of member qualifications, proposed affiliate leadership, and a review of such nation’s laws to ensure appropriate NENA protections, including a liability shield from affiliate actions and losses.